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Programs to Conserve California's Farmland & Open Space Resources​

Californians make their home amidst some of the most productive farmland and diverse open spaces in the world. The Department of Conservation's Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) works with landowners, local governments, and researchers to conserve these resources for everyone's future.

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Agricultural Land Mitigation Program - High-Speed Rail Authority

The California Department of Conservation (DOC) is assisting the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) to meet its environmental commitments associated with agricultural land conversion through a mitigation services agreement.  The DOC’s California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP) will secure easements on behalf of the Authority by working with local land trusts and other organizations to identify landowners willing to create permanent agricultural easements on land comparable to that taken out of production. ​The DOC-CFCP is now accepting conservation easement proposals to offset farmland loss associated with the California high-speed rail alignment through the Central Valley.  ​Please contact us​ to find out more.

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program)

The Department of Conservation is working in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) to implement the SALC Program. The program invests in agricultural land conservation with revenue from California's California Climate Investments Fund.  

On August 9th, 2016, the Strategic Growth Council approved funding totaling over $37 million for twenty Agricultural Conservation Easement grants and one Strategy & Outcome grant. Please see the SALC Program pages​ for more information.​

California Farmland Conservancy Program

The California Farmland Conservancy Program's (CFCP) newest conservation easement:

Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program

Important Farmland Time Series​ ​​​​ ​​​​​NEW!​​   ​

An online tool to view the Important Farmland map data as a time series, from 1984 to the present.​​​​

California Important Farmland Finder
An interactive version of the Important Farmland map data. Locate your area of interest, calculate acreage, and other useful features, using this online tool. Introductory material about the site and its features is also available.    

Important Farmland Maps and Statistics​​ ​​ 
2014 releases are in progress - Kern, Lake, Mendocino, Monterey, Riverside, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra Valley, Tehama and Ventura ​Counties are now​ available. Come back for more 2014 postings in the weeks ahead!​​​​​​​​

​The 2015 California Farmland Conversion Report​ 
The most recent statewide and regional breakdown of farmland conversion trends.  ​

Important Farmland Maps (PDF)
Full size maps for viewing your area of interest; new releases are posted regularly.

Land Conservation (Williamson) Act Program

2016 Open Space Subvention Act Survey​ - Now Available​

The 2016 Survey of Participation in the Land Conservation Act and Open Space Subvention Act (OSSA) is now available.​​​  Please go to the Open Space Subvention Payments​ page to obtain the survey forms and for further information on the reporting requirements.

​Williamson Act Medical Marijuana Policy​ (PDF)​​​​ NEW!

Other News and Information

The LESA Model & Mitigation

The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) Model  evaluates agricultural characteristics of specific sites, as indicated in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.   

The California Council of Land Trusts offers a guidebook titled Conserving California’s Harvest – A Model Mitigation Program and Ordinance for Local Governments, which contains input from experts in the fields of local governance, agriculture, conservation, law and mitigation.  The guidebook's focus is on implementation and evolution of farmland mitigation programs that preserve and protect California's world-class agricultural landscape.

Legal and Policy Information

Right to Farm Real Estate Disclosure
2009 legislation relies on Important Farmland Maps to define agriculture in real estate transactions. ​